WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH BLACK MIRROR
Black Mirror is a British anthology series that focuses on how technology intersects with our lives and what kind of darkness can result from it. The show isn’t old people complaining about why modernity is bad, but just explores the darker side of our relationship with technology as it impacts our lives. Its very raw, very chilling, and incredibly honest. Though its basically a sci-fi, its set up to be incredibly close to how we’re living now. In certain episodes, you can practically see how the episode’s reality could be ours even tomorrow. Since each episode has a different cast, story, and setting, you don’t even need to watch them in order and you can skip any episode that makes you feel uncomfortable.
There are six episodes, with at least two more confirmed to be made this year. Robert Downey Jr. even expressed interest in making one of the episodes (The Entire History of You) into a film. There’s also an episode that features Hayley Atwell and Luke Newberry, two tumblr favorites, in a story that’s been compared to the movie Her in terms of themes.
Since some of the episodes are more chilling and shocking than others, if you have any doubts or concerns about triggers, I welcome you to come to me and ask. I would be happy to let you know what triggers a certain episode may have so you know if you need to skip it. However the show has yet to do any of the usual triggers (rape, gratuitous violence, gore, drugs, etc) since it relies on raw reality to shock you. Most episodes aren’t scary like a horror movie (perhaps one I can think of is), so you don’t need to worry about any jump-shots or monsters or gore. Just really tense moments that have you holding your breath wondering what they’re going to do next.
Go forth and watch.